New Delhi: Personal data of thousands of people in India has been leaked from a government server which includes their name, mobile number, address and Covid test result, and the information can be accessed through online search. The leaked data has been reportedly put on sale on the Raid Forums website where a cybercriminal claims to have personal data of over 20,000 people.
Responding to the reports, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said, “We are getting the matter examined. However, prima facie it appears that the alleged leak is not related to CoWIN as we neither collect any information on address or the COVID-19 status of beneficiaries.”
The data put on Raid Forums shows the name, age, gender, mobile number, address, date and result of the Covid-19 report of these people. Cyber Security researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia also tweeted that personally identifiable information (PII) including name and Covid-19 results are made public through a content delivery network (CDN).
He said that Google has indexed lakhs of data from the affected system. “PII including Name, MOB, PAN, Address etc of #Covid19 #RTPCR results & #Cowin data getting public through a Govt CDN. #Google indexed almost 9 Lac public/private #GovtDocuments in search engines. The patient’s data is now listed on #DarkWeb. Need fast deindex,” Rajaharia said in his tweet.
An email query sent to the Ministry of Electronics and IT did not elicit any reply.
The sample document shared on Raid Forums shows that the leaked data was meant for upload on the Co-WIN portal.
The government has heavily relied on digital technologies in terms of controlling and creating awareness about the Covid-19 pandemic as also its vaccination programme. Several government departments mandate people to use the Aarogya Setu app for Covid-19 related services and information.
Rajaharia in a follow-up tweet on January 20 said that he is not reporting any vulnerability in this incidence but cautioning people to remain alert from fraud calls, offers related to Covid-19, etc that they may get as their data is being sold in the dark web.
Data sold in the dark web is often exploited by cybercriminals and fraudsters for various kinds of frauds.
(With Inputs from PTI)